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‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 5 Recap & Review: Echo Rejoins the Squad

Clone Force 99 isn’t too swift to welcome the one who betrayed them back into the fold.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 5.

The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 5 is now streaming on Disney+ and it features the highly anticipated season debut of a beloved character. After being apart from the group for the first four episodes of the season, Echo (Dee Bradley Baker) reunites with the other members of Clone Force 99 to bring all his wisdom and intelligence. This is the first time since Season 2 that the entire crew is back together, and their embrace feels both satisfying and earned after four long episodes away from each other.

However, the team doesn’t waste long in getting back to their mission; they must save the rest of the clones from Mount Tantiss. While they are still coming to terms with the fallout from past betrayals, the group heads to an abandoned base to search for intel that may provide them with the location of Dr. Royce Hemlock’s (Jimmi Simpson) laboratory. This episode is full of important dialogue, so let’s dive into all the details in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 5 recap.

Hunter Has Some Serious Trust Issues With Crosshair in ‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 5

Crosshair with a toothpick in his mouth talking to Hunter in The Bad Batch Season 3 | Agents of Fandom
The fallout from Crosshair’s betrayal is likely going to linger throughout the rest of The Bad Batch Season 3. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

At the start of the episode, Omega (Michelle Ang) wakes up in her room on the Marauder, hugs her old teddy bear, and checks in with Hunter and Wrecker. She goes out to the shore on Pabu to visit with Crosshair, who is on the beach training. While they are talking, Echo’s ship flies overhead and the group meets him at the landing pad.

Clone Force 99 discusses a plan for freeing the prisoners on Tantiss. Crosshair tells them he knows of a remote facility with an Imperial terminal that can bypass encryption and may contain information. Hunter tries to send only himself, Crosshair, and Echo on the mission, but Omega insists they all go together. The crew arrives at the base to find it devoid of all life, and Wrecker gives Crosshair his old clone armor as a rite of passage back into the group.

Hunter and Crosshair argue, but Echo reminds them why they’re there and splits them up. The crew infiltrates the abandoned base seen in Season 2 and attempts to divert all power to the depot. Crosshair goes out to check the perimeter, and Hunter follows and demands he come clean about his betrayal of the Empire.

Clone Force 99 Works Together When It Matters To Get the Job Done

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Echo may be the most technologically savvy member of the group, but he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 5. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

Crosshair and Hunter get into a scuffle that starts to escalate, but before they can start fighting, a giant wyrm attacks. They make it back to the abandoned base but have to restore power to the sensors to make it to the ship. Hunter heads out to take down the wyrm, falls through a crack in the ice, and attempts to break the perimeter from below.

Wrecker, Echo, and Omega restore power to the depot while Crosshair tries to kill the Wyrm. Crosshair ultimately saves Hunter’s life and the group gets the beacons back online to deter the wyrm back into the ground. Crosshair finally comes clean about his betrayal of the Empire to his fellow troopers, and Hunter tells him all they can do is try to be better.

Omega Helps the Group Get the Intel They Need in ‘The Bad Batch’ Season 3, Episode 5

Echo comforting Omega by putting his left hand on her shoulder in The Bad Batch | Agents of Fandom
Omega acts as a vessel for the audience by displaying pure joy when Echo finally makes an appearance in The Bad Batch Season 3, Episode 5. Image Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney+.

The Bad Batch is off to a nearly perfect start through the first five episodes of Season 3. Although Episode 5 is more action-heavy than its predecessors, it still offers plenty of important dialogue and exposition to parse. With Clone Force 99 now fully reunited, the potential for more dangerous adventures is limitless.

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'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 5 "The Return" Review

'The Bad Batch' Season 3, Episode 5 "The Return" Review
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The Good

  • The moments between Crosshair and Hunter are intense.
  • Omega is such a natural to watch work with the rest of the group.
  • Interesting development with Crosshair fixing the helmets.

The Bad

  • Almost too much action, which takes away from the characters.
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